Ethnic groups of the South-South geo-political zone, have called for an immediate end of the pro-Biafra protests in their region.
On Tuesday, November 17, during a meeting of the Conference of Ethnic Nationalities of the South-South at Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, they distanced the South-South zone from the agitation for Biafra, while denouncing calls for secession.
Present at the summit were representatives of Ibibio, Efik, Anang, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Ikwerre, Oro, Isoko and several others.
The Conference called on governors, political leaders and traditional rulers of the South-East geopolitical zone to speak out now as their silence is becoming eloquent.
In a 10-point communique issued at Uyo at the end of the meeting, the South-South nationalities said: “We will not allow any inch of the land of the ethnic nationalities mentioned above and other lands of the South-South to be part of the ill-thought-out enterprise.
“We call for a halt to demonstrations for Biafra on our land henceforth as it touches on the collective sensibilities of our people and could provoke ethnic crisis.
“We are not only surprised but shocked that Igbos who returned to Nigeria after the fall of Biafra in January 15, 1970 with tales of woes and horrors can talk about Biafra.”
“It is in the interest of Igbos that Nigeria is protected as they have more investments outside their homeland.”
“We call on the law enforcement agencies to be more vigilant. We believe in one Nigeria and will do all within our power to protect the unity of Nigeria.”